Are your hands just as soft as your old, rough dish scrub? Do you hesitate to hold your other half’s hand for fear of injuring them? Do you ever gaze at your chapped hands sadly, wondering if you could use them like sandpaper? Stop everything and save your skin! Simply call on Help 4 Hands, a homemade hand cream, to come to your rescue.
This recipe was specially designed to make your skin soft and supple. It helps protect your skin from external aggressions while nourishing and hydrating it. With its pleasant texture, this DIY natural hand cream glides on easily and doesn’t leave an unpleasant greasy film. Plus, softness and comfort are guaranteed!
Crisis? What Crisis? Help 4 Hands is here for you!
Making your own hand cream
- 8.5 g (7,1 %) emulsifying wax NF
- 9.5 g (7,9 %) soy wax
- 9.5 g (7,9 %) argan oil
- 3 g (2,5 %) calendula maceration
- 3 g (2,5 %) mango butter
- 1.2 g (1 %) vitamin E
- 1.2 g (1 %) GeoGard Ultra
- 10 g (8,3 %) warm (50°C) demineralized water
- 1 g (0,8 %) essential oil or aromatic essence of your choosing
- 3 small stainless steel bowls
- Components to make three double boilers
- 1 mini silicone spatula
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- A few pipettes
- A few ramekins
- 1 mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- 1 thermometer
- 1 toothpaste tube, 100 ml
- 1 Ziploc-style bag
- 1 basin full of water (to make a cold water bath)
- 1 pair of scissors
Good to know!
- The oils and butters in this recipe were specifically chosen for their protective and revitalizing properties. They are perfect for dry, damaged skin.
- You can replace the demineralized water in the aqueous phase with a hydrosol of your choosing: It’s a great way to add even more beneficial properties to your homemade hand cream. Don’t hesitate to refer to our article on how to choose a hydrosol for inspiration!
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the demineralized water for the cooling phase in a small bowl and heat on a double boiler to a temperature of 50°C.
- In a second bowl, weigh the demineralized water (or hydrosol) for the aqueous phase. Heat on a double boiler to a temperature of 70–80°C.
- In a third bowl, weigh the oil phase ingredients. Heat on a double boiler to a temperature of 70–80°C.
- In a ramekin, disperse the GeoGard in the 10 g of warm (50°C) demineralized water from step 2. Set aside.
- In another ramekin, weigh the vitamin E and the essential oil or aromatic essence. Mix together.
- When the aqueous phase and oil phase have both reached a temperature of 70–80°C, pour the oil phase into the aqueous phase. Emulsify with the mini-mixer.
- Place the bowl in a cold water bath to decrease the temperature of the emulsion to below 45°C. Continue to mix with the mini-mixer.
- Add the contents of the two ramekins to the emulsion and mix well.
- Pour the cream into a Ziploc-style bag. Remove the air from the bag and cut off a small corner (careful not to make the hole too large!). Fill the tube by gently squeezing the bag.
Use and conservation
This homemade hand cream is specially formulated for dry, damaged skin… but you can definitely use it as a preventative measure!
Made in optimal sanitary conditions, the product should keep for at least 3 months.